CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero GIUGNO 2020
ECSA CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION FOR BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS
Following the plenary vote in the European Parliament on 19 June
on the recommendations on the future EU-UK relations, ECSA
reiterates the position of the European shipping industry and calls
for urgent action regarding the avoidance of a no-deal scenario.
"The European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA)
has expressed concern for the looming end of the UK's Brexit
negotiations and has called for all parties to avoid a no deal at
The association has stated that shipping and the fluidity of
EU-UK trade depends on a comprehensive agreement and one which
should be concluded rapidly.
"ECSA expresses deep concern for the looming end of the
negotiation period and the reported lack of progress in the
discussions so far," commented Martin Dorsman, ECSA's Secretary
"The recent talks between the EU and the UK did not produce
the much-awaited results. We hope the agreement at the High Level
meeting last Monday [8 June] for an accelerated pace of the
negotiations will finally deliver the needed progress and fully
welcome today's vote at the European Parliament that recommends a
comprehensive agreement that includes the fundamental concerns of
the European shipping industry."
This forthcoming free trade agreement (FTA) should necessarily
include maritime transport as the sector is key to ensuring that
close EU-UK trade relations can be de facto carried out.
The FTA should also cover other elements of the shipping
industry including reciprocal market access for international
transport, cabotage and offshore markets.
The ECSA also says the FTA should also include fluidity of
trade, free movement of seafarers and onshore workers, as well as
passengers and a level playing field in the fiscal, environmental,
social and other regulatory measures.
Simultaneously, ECSA is calling for a strong EU-UK maritime
dialogue as a platform to discuss common approaches to shipping
policies, as well as with regard to the global policy framework of
the IMO, the OECD, the ILO and the WTO.
"The industry is adamant that a hard or no-deal scenario in
January 2021 is to be avoided at all costs. Should an FTA not be
achievable within such a limited timeframe, both sides should
already look for pragmatic and flexible solutions to support
businesses and the smooth continuation of trade, with as few
barriers at the EU and UK sea borders as possible," concluded
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